I have been teaching piano for more than thirty years, but I am determined not to become the stereotypical blue-haired piano instructor, rapping her students' knuckles with a ruler or nodding off during lessons. I am committed to staying breast of current publications, teaching trends, and technology, as well as keeping up my own practice and performing when possible.
To these ends, I have come up with the following list of goals for the year ahead. I hope other teachers will find it useful as they establish goals for their own studios, and that students will be inspired to come up with their own lists of goals to help them grow as musicians.
MUSICAL GOALS FOR 2011
• Post to “Notes from the Piano” blog weekly.
• Practice piano one hour every day.
• Resume piano lessons.
• Add six pieces to repertoire and post them on YouTube.
• Create an original composition for the piano.
• Attend GCMTA meetings each month.
• Support student participation in NFMC Federated Festival & the GCMTA Ensemble Concert, the Asberry School of Music Spring Recital, and GMTA Fall Festival.
• Arrange student performances at area assisted living centers.
• Take advantage of adjudication opportunities.
• Attend publisher workshops.
• Attend GMTA state conference.
• Present a workshop at GMTA state conference.
• Declutter office and organize music.
• Master my technology: Roland Music Tutor, digital pianos, Sibelius software.
• Establish a computer lab for student use in the studio.
• Read MTNA journal each month.
• Write an article on music education and submit it for publication.
• Explore alternative possibilities for building studio enrollement, such as Skype, small group lessons, and summer camp.
• Set Top 5 priority lists and revise every quarter.
TOP 5 MUSIC GOALS PRIORITY LIST FOR FIRST QUARTER, 2011
1. Establish and maintain schedule to incorporate practice, teaching, performing, blogging, and writing.
2. Resume piano lesson; practice piano one hour every day.
3. Support student participation in NFMC Federated Festival and the GCMTA Ensemble Concert; arrange student performances at area assisted living centers in February.
4. Take advantage of adjudication opportunities (3).
5. Attend GCMTA meetings each month.
What are some of your musical goals for 2011?
Friday, January 7, 2011
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Monday, October 18, 2010
As a self-employed piano instructor, I don't receive health benefits or retirement benefits or paid vacation or sick days or any of those other non-wage compensations that many employees receive in addition to their regular wages or salaries. But benefits such as this?
Friday, September 24, 2010
Meet Christina. She has been working on The Unfinished Story, an original composition by Ip Chui Han Amy (click HERE to purchase sheet music) piece for several weeks in preparation for a public performance next Wednesday evening. Like many young artists, she is an extreme perfectionist and struggles with performance anxiety. To help her mentally prepare, I suggested we record the piece yesterday. I think she played it magnificently, and with her permission I am sharing the video with you. Your comments are welcome!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I decided that the first piano solo I would add to my repertoire this year would be Castle Hunting by David Nevue. Castle Hunting has long been a favorite of mine; I will never forget the night David played it at a concert in the area and dedicated his performance to me. I almost cried. You can read about my association with David Nevue by clicking HERE; you can learn more about David and his work by clicking HERE.